Exercising may improve the memory

Exercising Twice a Week may Improve Memory of Mild Cognitive Impaired Patients


Jan 17, 2018

Exercising Twice a Week may Improve Memory of Mild Cognitive Impaired Patients

New guidelines released by American Academy of Neurology (AAN) reports that exercising twice a week may improve cognitive abilities and memory of patients suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
MCI causes a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills. A person with MCI can be at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. This a medical condition is common with aging. People with MCI are unable to complete complex tasks or have difficulty understanding information they have read, whereas people with dementia have trouble with daily tasks, such as dressing, bathing and eating. The guidelines are recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association, which is an update to the AAN’s previous guideline on mild cognitive impairment. It was published on December 27, 2017, in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“It’s exciting that exercise may help improve memory at this stage, as it’s something most people can do and of course it has overall health benefits,” said lead author Ronald C. Petersen, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “Because MCI may progress to dementia, it is particularly important that MCI is diagnosed early.”
There are no FDA approved medications for the treatment of MCI. Moreover, there are no high-quality, long-term studies that suggest drugs or dietary changes can improve thinking ability or delay memory problems in people with MCI. Guidelines recommends that people suffering from MCI should exercise regularly as part of managing their symptoms. Although long-term studies have not been conducted for this, six-month studies suggest twice-weekly workouts may improve memory.
According to Medical Devices report published by Coherent Market Insights, medical devices can be used to monitor the activities of patients after exercising and before exercising, which can reveal if exercising twice a week according to the guidelines is lowering the symptoms in patients suffering from MCI. Physicians may recommend cognitive training for people with MCI. It may be beneficial in improving measures of cognitive function. More than 37% of people at the age of 85 and older are suffering from MCI.



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